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    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
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    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

June, 1954……A Spectacle to be Seen and Remembered……A Total Solar Eclipse Hit the Twin Cities

(Warning:  Do Not Look Into the  Sun at any time during a solar eclipse without proper protection.   We were casually warned through local news sources then to look through at least four levels of used photo film for safety sake to avoid permanent blindness.  That is what I did and survived blindness….but that was so yesterday.

Today, for those planning to view the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, it is highly recommended to purchase the special solar eclipse glasses prepared for such eclipse viewing.)

A total  lunar eclipse gathered news recently here in the Twin Cities…..an evening event which occurs more frequently with significantly less drama than a solar eclipse.  It is a night affair.

The word “eclipse” reminded me of a unique morning in my life  in June, 1954, the morning  a total SOLAR eclipse hit the Twin Cities where I was born and raised.

Few people  have ever  had an opportunity to get out of bed shortly after dawn, as I and friends did here in urban St. Paul-Minneapolis  on a beautiful June morning sixty years ago this past Spring,   to drive about ten miles to  find a hill to climb to  look across a valley eastward over downtown St. Paul  to view the  moon cut “rudely”  in front  of our Earth’s sun.

The rudeness of it all…..

“Early this evening, I found  “the Universe” on the history 2 channel.   It had just begun its lessons about the total eclipse of the Sun.

To catch viewer interest it displayed a spectacular view of the full eclipse with all its beauty and mystery.   Immediately I remembered the one  I had actually seen  in my life…..a real one……in 1954.

I had to drive about ten miles  from home for the best view one could ever get, and it was free.     I had convinced my girl friend and two other   couples that the solar eclipse  might be worth seeing.  It wasn’t an easy sell.

The narrator mentioned that almost no humans outside the specialized scientific community has ever actually  seen a  TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN.

Suddenly I felt very important…..special.   Being a guy I perked up.    I was suddenly statistically unique among  earthly creatures who speak.

For I did  see that   TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN, from an hour before to about one after and everything inbetween.   I hadn’t thought about it for decades!   I remember referring to it one time  when I was a public school teacher in the  1960s describing it as a sight for a lifetime  that I would never forget as long as I lived.

But, I did forget……until the moment watching ‘the Universe’.

I report the following  to you Prager friends from  memory.   Many of you Twin City readers well  above  retirement age might also have joined the curious  that Saturday morning   early June, 1954 to see, for real, one of the most memorable and rarest of  our environment’s  great shows.

There were three couples of us who set out early that Saturday morning  to hunt down a location for the best view.   Experts had warned  viewers  NOT to look at  the Sun with  the naked eye or with a pair of sun glasses even at the height of the show, the full eclipse.

I don’t remember there being a lot of hype about the event in the press.   Television had been around in the Twin Cities for only about eight years.  I had taken an astronomy class at the University of Minnesota.  I  knew  it was a very rare occasion when  a total solar eclipse  crossed over   a large metropolitan center.    The press did get excited  when they learned of this honor.

I did too.   As I recall, but fuzzily, I and my two buddies were graduating from the University that evening.    The eclipse was scheduled  for something like 5:30 AM.   There was some static about the timing being too early for us to stir.   Our girl friends wanted to go with us to see it…..and so, we, all of us decided to  go together  to  the  big SHOW.

It was reported there might be a problem with the weather.   The forecast was for partly cloudy  in the morning clearing toward noon , the time the moon was to disturb the sun’s rays from our points of view.

Clouds would have ruined  everything.

In 1954 no one had any money.   I owned a 1946 used and beaten Nash  Ambassador; friend Jake Jacobson a more reliable and newer, 1952 Plymouth.   He had bought it new.    His dad owned a Deep Rock service station where Jake could work.   I remember discussions about what equipment  we might need  to look at the Sun with or without the moon in front of it.    Who was in it in Greek mythology who was blinded by looking straight into the Sun?   Icarus, I knew ‘flew’ too close to the Sun and persihed when his wings melted.

No one remembered.

The newspapers recommended camera  film.    My  family’s camera was a 1929 Kodak.   Leftovers from  printed rolls were always returned with the prints after processing.   I taped a couple of these film pieces into my dad’s sunglasses fixing them neatly into the rims.

We  drove to a hilly undeveloped  area, south of St. Paul, across the Mendota Bridge near Acacia Cenetery.    We climbed up a large  grassy knoll and waited.   We had arrived early…..early enough to start  grumbling about how tired we all were and what in hell were we doing on this weedy hill looking eastward down into a valley as if worshipping  downtown St. Paul in the distance?   We, in time,  decided it was a rather attractive  setting ….We waited and waited some more.

“This better be  big!”…….the  threat appeared out of more than one set of lips.    I think it came from my own mouth as well, even though I was the butt of the charge.

The day was beautiful……absolutely perfect.   Not a cloud in the sky.   Clear, clear as clear could  be…..a fresh 70 degrees F.   Not a breeze.   Our voices could carry everywhere.    We felt great.

We were the only flock nesting on the hill.

Suddenly we got tense:  “Does anyone  see anything?”   “Isn’t it    time for “it”  to begin!”   “Look again!”….(through film with  sunglasses)….”Yes, yes…look, up there to  the left!”  “Yeah, what’s going on over on the left?”  “It’s starting!”

The moon had made its move to begin the  show as if drawing  a spectacular curtain.   We were excited, for sure, very excited.   There was an electricity all around us as well.   “Can you imagine what primitive man must have thought looking at an eclipse?  someone asked…maybe it was me.   “What do you think WE  are?’   Jake inquired.

All of us were enjoying ourselves.   It seemed like a fun party….without beer,  and at 6:00 AM on a Saturday. Who could have believed it?

More and more of the moon encroached upon the Great Light   behind it.   A breeze began and immediately dogs started howling and birds fluttered noisily.  Trees began to stir and bend.   And then, a  dark shadow exploded noiseless  in the distance suddenly covering downtown St. Paul and rolled speeding   toward us as if to attack bringing a cold wind with it.   It enveloped   us, and then  passed   by as quickly as it arrived,  leaving  darkness in its path as if  night itself were about to fall.

Then   total silence……including  silent humans in awe of the sight and feel.   For eight or nine minutes the circlish fire of the Sun ringed the circle of the black  Moon.   We were mesmerized, awed,  and thrilled all at the same time.

The ‘Universe’ program narrator said that a total eclipse of the sun can be seen from Earth  about once every sixteen months.

Despite lefty dogma and its  entitlements, we all should know that the vast majority of the Earth’s surface  is covered by water.    Most of the land above sea level is generally uninhabitable to the human animal.    Those worried about carbon dioxide, the UN  ‘pollutant’ no animal or vegetable  can live without, should know that the state of Texas could house all seven billion of us human creatures.

For more than a generation, American ‘educators’ have permitted the ignorant to lead the ignorant.   Know-nothing students could invent their own educational needs, about which they also  knew nothing.    Leftwing dogma filled with Marxism’s entitlements and bigotries replaced knowledge as the base of study  in the social science curricula of universities and schools from coast to coast.

None  of us were alcoholics.   No one was  on drugs…..We didn’t swear at each other.   Crime  was never a problem on college campuses.   Girls were female.  Guys were male.   Tails didn’t wag dogs.   Families mattered.    Young blacks had  fathers and didn’t run around raping, pillaging and burning in their communities.

We enjoyed school and learning.    We worked to pay for our tuition and books.  We knew what a total eclipse of the sun was.   We studied to gain knowledge, not to become bigots learning to hate our America.

I have recorded my  thoughts,  and the fond memories I have of that June 1954 total eclipse of the sun.    I  include the following quote by historian, Arnold  Toynbee:

“Great civilizations aren’t murdered.    They commit suicide!”

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